Sept. 10, 2008
University of Louisville tennis sophomore Austen Childs is No. 26 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association singles rankings and joins fellow sophomore Simon Childs at No. 26 in doubles.
"Austen Childs and Simon Childs continue to get well-deserved respect among national pollsters," said U of L head coach Rex Ecarma. "Austen is preseason ranked #26 and is the second highest Big East player in the ranking and Austen and Simon are also ranked #26 in the pre-season doubles rankings. They are the highest Big East team in the national rankings."
Austen Childs (Mt. Maunganui, New Zealand) is coming off of a successful freshman campaign, in which he posted a 25-14 overall record and became the first freshman and only the fourth player in U of L men's tennis history to compete in the NCAA singles championship. The 2008 All-BIG EAST Tournament singles team member was the University of Louisville's Freshman Athlete of the Year and was the Midwest Region Rookie of the Year.
The doubles team of Austen Childs and Simon Childs (Hillington, England) posted a 10-5 overall mark as Louisville's No. 1 team and finished the season at No. 47 in the ITA doubles rankings after earning a spot in the 2008 NCAA Doubles Championship. On Feb. 26, they debuted at No. 23, becoming the first freshman team in Louisville history to earn a top 25 ranking. and remained in the top 50 throughout the season.
"I was a little surprised Viktor Maksimcuk did not get ranked in singles but Viktor will hopefully earn his national ranking this fall semester," said Ecarma. "This is the highest ever preseason ranking of any U of L player singles and doubles and to think they are both just sophomores makes it ever more exciting. Our goal for this fall is to get more players nationally ranked and for Austen and Simon to move into the top 10. They have the potential to do it and our team feels very confident right now and cannot wait for the individual season to start."
The Cards completed the 2008 season with a 17-8 overall record, finished fourth in the conference and was No. 48 in the final ITA team rankings released on May 23.